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FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia unveiled the flagship Nokia Lumia 930 with Windows Phone 8.1 on Wednesday, along with the affordable Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 handsets.
The Nokia Lumia 930 was unveiled just moments after Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1, and unsurprisingly is one of the first smartphones to run that out of the box.
Microsoft's updated mobile operating system gives its smartphones some new features such as Microsoft's Siri rival called Cortana, more customisation options, the Swype-like feature Word Flow and a pull-down notifications menu called the Action Center.
The Nokia Lumia 930 improves on last year's Lumia 925, touting a larger 5in HD 1080p display with glove touch mode and 180 degree viewing angles, and is powered by a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM.
There's a 20MP rear-facing Pureview camera, which - while not as impressive as the Nokia Lumia 1020's 41MP snapper - features Zeiss optics, optical image stablisation and the ability to shoot HD 1080p video. There's also a 1.2MP camera on the front of the handset.
Beyond that, the Nokia Lumia 930 features Bluetooth 4.0, LTE support, a 2,420mAh battery and support for wireless charging.
The Nokia Lumia 930 will be available in the UK from June, Nokia told The INQUIRER on Thursday, and will be available in black, white, orange and green models. There's no word on pricing yet, but Nokia has said that anyone who buys a Lumia 930 will get a free wireless charger, a wireless speaker and a £20 Windows Store voucher.
Conor Pierce, VP of Nokia EMEA, said at an event attended by The INQUIRER, "Both Nokia and Microsoft will be putting a lot into the Lumia 930, and this will be our biggest marketing push yet."
Nokia also announced the affordable Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 on Wednesday, 3G and 4G Windows Phone 8.1 devices which the Finnish firm no doubt hopes will follow on from the success of the Lumia 520. The Nokia Lumia 630 will launch in two versions, single-SIM and dual-SIM models, although it's unclear if both will come to the UK.
These devices feature a 4.5in 854x480 touchscreen, a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage expandable up to 128GB via microSD card, and a 5MP fear facing camera.
Much like the Nokia Lumia 520, both devices will feature swappable back covers, which will be available in black, white, orange, yellow and green.
The Nokia Lumia 625 will launch in the UK in May, with the Lumia 630 set to follow in June. There's no word on UK pricing yet.
Check back soon for our first impressions of Nokia's latest devices. µ
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